Spark your heart and mind through meditation

The Seattle Shambhala Meditation Center is a vibrant community with a warm approach to the study and practice of meditation.  We provide instruction in mindfulness-awareness meditation for beginners and for experienced practitioners, a diverse variety of evening and weekend programs and group meditation sessions.  For a listing of all sittings, programs and events check out the monthly calendar. We offer tools to help discover greater compassion, confidence, wisdom and joy in our day-to-day life.The Shambhala teachings offer a way to extend our personal transformation for the benefit of society as a whole.  We discover the wisdom, sanity and goodness within our seemingly complex and chaotic minds, and the inherent goodness in the world around us.Our Center is located in the Madison valley neighborhood of Seattle.  We also offer programs in West Seattle, Mercer Island, Edmonds, Tacoma, and Bainbridge Island.  For latest community news and events, take a look at our blog.You are warmly invited to join us!

Getting Started:

There are many ways to get acquainted with Shambhala Buddhism and the people at the Seattle Center.  Join us for an Open House with meditation instruction, a dharma talk and social time on Thursday evenings or Sunday mornings. More →

Our Stories – The Seattle Shambhala Community

We are a community of artists, business people, non-profit leaders, carpenters, writers, athletes, movers, sleepers, shakers, younger and older types – we are thinkers and doers.  Like humanity, we come in all shapes, sizes and types. Check Out Our Stories →


The Seattle Shambhala Meditation Center is a member supported organization. Membership is a way to express appreciation for what Shambhala provides and help make it available to others. Learn more about getting involved.


Pema Chodron

Pema Chödrön is one of the most prominent Buddhist teachers in the West. She is widely known for her charming and down-to-earth teachings. She is an ordained nun, author, and senior teacher (achraya) in Shambhala. More →

What is Shambhala?

Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community.

Resources for Helping Our Sangha Understand Current Events in Shambhala

This is a resource for our community and friends to understand the current situation in Shambhala. This list is not meant to be exhaustive and as new resources become available we will add them to this page. Please check back over the coming months as matters proceed. We do this with broken hearts as we hold our sangha in kindness. More →

Latest News from the Seattle Blog

  • A conversation with Acharya Susan Chapman and Elesa Commerse, teachers of “End of Suffering”

    The Seattle Shambhala community is excited to welcome Elesa Commerse and Acharya Susan Chapman this April for a weekend program to strengthen our connections with one another: The End of Suffering: Claiming our Vulnerability as Strength. These two women have spent many years experiencing and understanding the cycles that we find ourselves in that cause … Continue 

  • Announcing Seattle Shambhala Center’s New Co-Directors

    Dear Seattle Shambhala Community Members, With warm hearts and a feeling of celebration, we are delighted to share with you the selection of Annica Holder and JoAnn Schindler as Co-Directors of Seattle Shambhala and to confirm that Annica and JoAnn have accepted the Council’s offer to serve in leading our community for the next two … Continue 

  • Community Raises Lungta with Spring Clean

    Many thanks to community members who came out on Saturday, March 23 to clean and uplift the garden and inside our center! A group of members joined together to weed and mulch the garden and uplift the community room and office. Special thanks to Claire Oravec and Brad Warren for their garden enthusiasm and expertise. … Continue